Not Fitting in is a Gift!

✔️ Do you have a dream for reaching people who will never come to a traditional Church?

✔️ Does your Church struggle to engage entrepreneurial, apostolic leaders?

✔️ Are you a leader who is frustrated with only working on programs for those within the Church?

✔️ Have you struggled to start a fresh expression or scale to multiple expressions of Church?

✔️ Do you long for camaraderie with other leaders experimenting with new forms of Church?

✔️ Do you long for advice from those who have already started fresh expressions?

The Learning Community has opened my eyes to a different ways of doing church that is a reminiscent of the ancient Apostolic Church and so very relevant in today’s context. It changed my thinking about how church can happen.
– Patty Groot, Kentucky Learning Community Participant

Are you a Pioneer, Supporter or Permission Giver?

Pioneers have the apostolic, entrepreneurial gift of starting new things

Supporters are key individuals whose hard work brings new ideas to life

Permission Givers create space to experiment with new forms of Church within their denomination, local Church or organization

A six-month immersive Learning Cohort that includes:

  • Training to equip leaders for Fresh Expression mission
  • Coaching to foster ongoing discernment and action planning
  • Connecting with other practitioners for support, inspiration, and ideas
Training topics include:
  • Rethinking Church
  • Formation of a fresh expression
  • Listening for mission
  • Creative resourcing
  • Fostering a blended ecology Church
  • Discipleship in a fresh expression
  • Developing a Team
  • Building Community
  • Missional Values
  • Evangelism in a fresh expression
  • Leadership in a fresh expression
  • Worship in a fresh expression
  • Developing missional metrics
  • Challenges to expect
  • Staying strong for the long haul
Learning community retreats typically occur of a Friday and conclude by 3 PM Saturday to allow both lay and clergy to participate. Prices include all training and meals for two weekend retreats, participant guides, and six months of coaching.

What You Learn in a Learning Community

Using the Mission-Shaped Ministry curriculum first developed in the UK as a framework, Learning Communities dig into the theological foundations of Fresh Expressions, the practices that lead to contextually appropriate ministry, attentiveness to authentic discipleship, tools for developing teams and leaders, and the steps to forming meaningful expressions of church within a particular mission context.

Learning Communities equip you to live into these principles of mission:

  • Incarnational—Entering deeply into the life of the neighborhood or the network
  • Missional—Looking for what God is doing and joining in
  • Contextual—Living out communal life with Jesus that fits the context
  • Formational—Walking with people in a discipleship journey
  • Ecclesial—Fostering maturing church that honors God and makes sense for the context

Learning Communities provide coaching through the five stages of a fresh expression of Church:

  • Listening—Listening deeply to a context and discovering God’s unique call to love those whom God is putting on your heart
  • Loving and Serving—Stepping into God’s invitation to do life with people; to love and to serve in ways that bless people and give them a glimpse of God’s goodness
  • Building Community—Fostering or deepening a sense of connection and community that reflects God’s fullness of relationship with one another
  • Exploring Discipleship—Inviting people into an unfolding encounter with God’s love and a journey into a life that reflects the priorities of Jesus
  • Forming Church—Allowing a Jesus-centered community to emerge that reflects the enduring marks of the Church and the context from which it emerges
  • Undergirded by Prayer—Following the lead of the Holy Spirit

I’d Like to Attend a Learning Community

 

Learning Community: Virginia

October 18 — October 19

Learning Community: Nebraska

November 8November 9

Learning Community: Ohio

January 10 – 11

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